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Tools & Resources – October 2016

New Sustainable Energy for All ‘heat maps’ to help focus for maximum impact towards 2030 goals

Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) is creating new ‘heat maps’ as a tool to help focus resources for maximum impact across its three objectives on energy access, energy efficiency and renewables. While every country matters – and within them all regions, cities and communities – the heat maps will offer a framework for informing discussion on where most needs to be done, and those where successes could be replicated elsewhere.

Conceived as part of SEforALL’s Strategic Framework for Results 2016-21, titled Going Further, Faster — Together, the heat maps take as a starting point the wealth of data in SEforALL’s Global Tracking Framework (GTF), developed by a coalition led by the IEA and World Bank Group.

The GTF tracks access to electricity and non-solid cooking fuels, improvements in energy intensity and increases in the share of renewables in the energy mix. For each indicator, it identifies 20 “high-impact” countries where delivery will be critical to achieving the 2030 objective, and 20 “fast-moving” countries where exceptionally rapid progress can provide inspiration, know-how and learning. For example, on electricity access the top 20 “high-impact” countries account for 0.9 billion of the 1.1 billion people currently without electricity, while the top 20 “fast-moving” have provided access to an additional 1.3 billion people over the past two decades.

The GTF data is complemented with other data sets that help explore factors such as national development and climate change plans, the enabling policy and business environment, and the presence of SEforALL partner programs to support action.

Intended as living documents, to be updated as new information becomes available, the heat maps will help to inform a robust process for prioritizing and shaping support for countries’ needs.


GSMA’s new Refugees and Connectivity portal launched at UN General Assembly

The current refugee crisis is the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenge. Globally, over 60 million people are currently displaced, and more than 21 million of them are refugees. Mobile technology and connectivity have a vital role to play in addressing this challenge. GSMA’s Refugees and Connectivity portal seeks to capture the range of existing initiatives and showcase the positive impact that the mobile industry can have on refugees. As well as beginning to draw together the wide range of ongoing initiatives into a common space, the portal aims to be a resource for those seeking to implement similar initiatives and a starting point for the industry-wide conversation on this important challenge.


Sun-Connect News launches three new off-grid stakeholder databases

Sun-Connect News’ databases serve as a source of information for organizations, companies and individuals working in the off-grid sector. The new databases are:

  • National associations in developing countries, working for off-grid electrification
  • Not-for-profit organizations with projects and field work in off-grid electrification
  • Selected field experts in off-grid electrification and business support

The three new databases complement the already existing databases: Off-Grid companies, Documents, Country Information. To find out more, visit the Sun-Connect News website.


REGIONAL TOOLS AND RESOURCES

New Version of ECREEE’s Interactive Data Portal Launched

ECREEE has launched a new version of its Interactive Country Profile data portal, the ECOWAS Observatory for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECOWREX). This updated data portal includes over 20,000 data points covering renewable energy and energy efficiency information from 2010 to 2016 for the 15 ECOWAS Member States. The updated portal also enables end users to access information under various topics and easily share as well as download relevant information.


New WISIONS Brochure: Energy Practitioner Networks

WISIONS has just published a new brochure for linking knowledge and skills for sustainable energy solutions. WISIONS fosters regional partnerships and networks to facilitate knowledge development and sharing between practitioners and stakeholders and to induce the broader dissemination of decentralized renewable energy solutions. Four international networks have been consolidated, and they each focus on a specific technical solution for a region.

The key elements, objectives and activities of the four networks described in this publication include RedBioLAC, RedBioCOL, Hydro Empowerment Network, and Wind Empowerment.

The brochure is available for download here. You may also request your printed copy using this Contact Form.